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Frederick Douglass was the first Black American to have a monument erected in his honor.

Now, more than a century later members of the Re-Energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass committee are working with local officials, artists and community leaders to create 13 life-sized monuments, all coming together to create a city-wide interactive tour.

Re-energizing the indomitable Frederick Douglass. That’s what’s happening right now in our community in commemoration of the famed abolitionist’s bicentennial. Two hundred years after his birth, the work done by Douglass in Rochester, both the famous and the lesser-known, remains relevant. Reminders from Douglass that: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” continue to challenge us in our schools, churches, and households. On this edition of Need to Know, what it means to celebrate this living legacy in Rochester.

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NEW YORK (AP) — More than a century after his death, Frederick Douglass and July 4 remain profoundly intertwined.

Douglass was one of the greatest public speakers of the Civil War era, a conscience of the abolitionist movement and beyond and a popular choice for summing up American ideals, failings and challenges. His withering 1852 oration in Rochester, New York ranks high in the canon of American oratory and is still widely cited as a corrective to the day's celebratory spirit.

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The University of Rochester says it will give its first ever posthumous honorary degree to Frederick Douglass during commencement ceremonies on May 20th.  He will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

UR officials say the university has a rich connection to the famed abolitionist, since it is home to the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies as well as serving as a collection of record for Frederick Douglass materials.

We sit down with Kenneth Morris, the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. Until about ten years ago, Morris says he spent his life hiding from the legacy of his ancestors; he says it was too difficult to live in their shadows. But when he saw a National Geographic story about human trafficking, he felt it was impossible to deny his family’s legacy of abolitionism any longer.

Morris and his mother founded the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives to help educate young people about modern day slavery and its parallels to history. He’s in Rochester to launch a new project that will distribute millions of copies of Douglass' life story to young people across the country. He joins us in studio for the hour.

Monroe County and the City of Rochester are teaming up with a number of local organizations to celebrate the legacy of abolitionist and Rochester resident Frederick Douglass. Douglass never knew the exact date of his own birth, but he eventually determined that he was born in February 1818. Now, 200 years later, the “Re-energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass” project will help the community explore his life and work.

This hour, we discuss Douglass’ legacy and his impact on Rochester, we preview the events and activities tied to the year-long program, and we discuss what Douglass would think about the politics of today. Our guests:

  • Carvin Eison, co-director of the Re-Energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass Project; associate professor of journalism, broadcasting and public relations at the College at Brockport; and general manager of Rochester Community Media
  • Bleu Cease, co-director of the Re-Energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass Project; and executive director of Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  • Christine Ridarsky, Rochester city historian

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The City of Rochester is getting ready to usher in the New Year, and that celebration on Sunday night will include a fireworks show that will be dedicated to famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

2018 marks the 200th year anniversary of his birth, and Douglass lived in Rochester in the mid 19th century and also published his newspaper, The North Star, in Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren also announced that the city has created a commemorative logo incorporating the city flower logo and Frederick Douglass’ image to pay tribute to his legacy.

The Agitators tells the story of sometimes-difficult friendship between Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Both wanted equality; on occasion their work pitted themselves against each other.

The production at Geva involves only two cast members, and tracks their remarkable 45-year relationship. It's a history lesson that feels more important than ever today. Our guests:

It seems President Trump does not know much, if anything, about Frederick Douglass. We have some questions.

First of all, African Americans have suffered erasure and exclusion in many ways; does the President's ignorance have an impact? Second, it's Frederick Douglass. What exactly are we teaching in schools, and what should we be teaching? How can Trump have such limited knowledge of Douglass? Third, Trump promised during the campaign to offer real outreach to communities of color. What would that look like, in practice?

Many Americans remain hopeful that Trump will bring positive changes. What could those be? Our guests:


In case you haven't searched Google today, you might want to see their name expressed as a tribute to Frederick Douglass.